Strand Hotel

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The Strand
General information
Type Hotel
Architectural style Victorian
Location 92 Strand Road, Yangon, Myanmar
Construction started 1901
Owner GCP Hospitality
Awards and prizes

The Strand (also known as Strand Hotel) is a Victorian-style hotel located in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), built by Aviet and Tigran Sarkie, two of the Sarkies Brothers.[1] The hotel, which opened in 1901, which faces the Hlaing — or Yangon — River to its south, is one of the most famous hotels in Yangon and Southeast Asia, and is managed by GCP Hospitality. The hotel is named after its address, at 92 Strand Road.


The Strand Hotel in 1895, along the banks of the Rangoon River

The Strand opened in 1901. It was built by the British entrepreneur John Darwood but later acquired by the Sarkies brothers, who owned a number of luxry hotels in the Far East, including the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang, Malaysia. During the colonial period, The Strand was one of the most luxurious hotels in the British Empire with a clientele of exclusively whites. The Sarkies brothers sold The Strand to Rangoon restaurateur Peter Bugalar Aratoon and Ae Amovsie in 1925. The hotel underwent a major renovation in 1937[2] and then in 1941, during World War II, following Japanese occupation of Burma, the hotel was used briefly to quarter Japanese troops. The following year, the Strand's ownership was transferred to the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. For the first time in 1945, since The Strand's establishment, the Burmese became part of the hotel's clientele. After Burma achieved independence in 1948, the hotel was neglected by post-colonial governments. In 1963, The Strand Hotel was bought by the Burma Economic Development Corporation, which poorly maintained it. After the 1988 coup d'état, The Strand was sold in 1989 to Bernard Pe-Win, a Burmese businessman, who formed an alliance with Adrian Zecha and a group of investors who formed The Strand Hotel International.

Following a total renovation, The Strand reopened in 1993 as an all-suite, top-of-the range boutique hotel. Its teak and marble floors, mahogany furniture, and canopied beds complement original pieces, like period bathroom fixtures. But unlike the other grand old hotels in the region, the Strand's restoration remained true to its architectural past, and it has no new wing, and no swimming pool or tennis courts.[3] It is now operated by GCP Hospitality.

The hotel is listed on the Yangon City Heritage List. Since the beginning, it was regarded as “the finest hostelry east of the Suez” and “patronised by royalty, nobility and distinguished personages". In 1993, the hotel was for the first time listed among the Select Members of The Most Famous Hotels in the World. In 2003, Andreas Augustin published the first history of the hotel, after years of extensive research.

List of some guests and their date of stay[edit]

Lobby of the hotel

Members of the hotel, British Yacht club and Royal golf club based in Rangoon

See also[edit]



  • William Warren, Jill Gocher (2007). Asia's legendary hotels: the romance of travel. Singapore: Periplus Editions. ISBN 978-0-7946-0174-4. 


  1. ^ "Famous Hotels – Sarkies Brothers". Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Strand and Myanmar: A Guide," official brochure of the Strand Hotel, Yangon.
  3. ^ Asoociated Press. "Myanmar's colonial-era Strand Hotel well preserved". International Herald Tribune. 

External links[edit]

Media related to The Strand at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 16°46′10.56″N 96°9′45.31″E / 16.7696000°N 96.1625861°E / 16.7696000; 96.1625861